Mike Turner (musician)
Turner in September 2001
|Birth name||Mike A. Turner|
|Also known as||Emtee|
|Born||June 5, 1963|
Bradford, England, United Kingdom
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, record producer|
|Associated acts||Our Lady Peace, Fair Ground, Crash Karma|
Michael A. "Mike" Turner (born June 5, 1963) is an English musician and producer. He is best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the band Our Lady Peace and current member of alternative rock supergroup Crash Karma.
Born on June 5, 1963, in Halifax, England, Turner grew up heavily influenced by punk rock. His first guitar was a gift from his mother on his seventeenth birthday. He played in a variety of bands during the 1980s.
Turner moved to Ontario, Canada at the age of eighteen. He studied English literature at the University of Western Ontario. He lived in Saugeen-Maitland Hall at the University of Western Ontario along with fellow Our Lady Peace band member Duncan Coutts.
After his departure from OLP he began producing music and played guitar in the Canadian band Fair Ground, with Harem Scarem guitarist Pete Lesperance, In 2008, he joined Canadian super group Crash Karma composed of Edwin, former lead singer of I Mother Earth; Jeff Burrows, former drummer for the Tea Party; and Amir Epstein, former bassist for Zygote. The band released a self-titled album on March 16, 2010.
1991–2001: Our Lady Peace
In late 1991, Turner placed an ad in Toronto-based Now newspaper in search of musicians. Michael Maida, a criminology student at the University of Toronto, was the first to reply. The two formed a band called As If, inviting Jim Newell as drummer and a friend of Turner's, Paul Martin, to play bass. After they played a number of gigs in Oshawa with sets containing a mix of original and cover material, Martin departed soon after, and the band placed an ad for a replacement bassist. Chris Eacrett, a business student at Ryerson University, replied and was accepted after an audition. During that time, Turner and Maida attended a music seminar where they met songwriter and producer Arnold Lanni, the owner of Arnyard Studios. The band, with Lanni, commenced writing new material and recorded some material under the As If name.
Soon thereafter, the band's name was changed to Our Lady Of Peace, with Maida changing his first name to Raine to avoid confusion, after a Mark Van Doren poem of the same name. It took the band eventually a year and half of constant back and forth talks with Sony to secure a record deal which at that point The band dropped the 'Of" part in the name, a possible suggestion by the label keeping it shorter to the point Our Lady Peace. With encouragement from their producer Lanni and his management team, the band performed some gigs in Eastern Ontario and Montreal in conjunction with The Tea Party eventually supporting acts. It wasn't until Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin heard a song of OLP on the radio that he asked them to be a support on his tour. ]] and Alanis Morissette.
Turner left Our Lady Peace in late 2001, citing musical and creative differences. Following his departure he stated that he and the band were growing in different directions.
2008-Present: Crash Karma
In 2008 Turner was approached by Amir Epstein of Zygote and Edwin of I Mother Earth about forming a band after they met while recording in Mike's Toronto based studio. With the addition of Jeff Burrows of The Tea Party, Crash Karma released their first single "Awake" in 2009 followed by a debut album in March 2010.
He experimented with live recordings, using a small mobile recording rig of his own design. He also built a private recording studio in his home, taking on projects for labels like Capitol, EMI and Sony. Turner then opened a public recording studio in Toronto called The Pocket with a few partners from the music industry. The partnership has since dissolved although Turner remains active at the studio hosting diverse artists including Alert the Medic, Shaye, Luke Doucet, Hawksley Workman, Sloan, and Feist. Recordings from The Pocket, with Turner producing have won two Canadian Broadcast awards, one in 2009 for "Afflicted" by Age of Days and again in 2011 for Crash Karma as Rock Group of the Year.
Awards and nominations
- Billboard - Our Lady Peace Bio, Retrieved from Billboard.com on 2016-06-05
- Sound of Music - Our Lady Peace Bio, Retrieved from Sound of Music.ca on 2016-06-05
- Sterdan, Darryl (March 10, 2010). "Q&A with Edwin". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
- "Biography". NME. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
- Serious Rock With Our Lady Peace, Retrieved from jam.canoe.com on 2016-06-05
- Guitar World - Our Lady Peace, Retrieved from Guitar World.com on 2016-06-05
- Crash Karma lands on its feet, Windsor Star, Retrieved from windsorstar.com, 2013-09-20
- The Art of Songwriting With Arnold Lanni, Retrieved from CMW.net on 2016-06-05
- OLP Are Putty In Producer Bob Rocks Hands, Retrieved from MTV News on 2016-06-05
- 2009 Canadian Radio Music Awards Winners, Retrieved from CMW.net on 2016-06-05
- 2011 Indies Nominees/Winners, Retrieved from Indies.ca on 2016-06-05
- A History of Video of the Year Winners at the MMVAs Archived 2015-06-25 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved from MuchMusic.com on 2016-06-03
| Our Lady Peace guitarist